Building a Life Plan to strengthen the community environmental governance of the ancestral marine and coastal municipality of Puerto Cabuyal (Ecuador)
This initiative promotes the self-strengthening of the coastal and marine territory of life of a small municipality – the Comuna de Puerto Cabuyal (CPC) – in the parish of Canoa, canton San Vicente, province of Manabí, Ecuador. This is an … Read more
The Guardias Indígenas of COSHICOX protect their territories of life against ‘colonial invasions’ of Mennonites in the Peruvian Amazon
For several years, the system of Guardias Indígenas of the Shipibo-Conibo communities (COSHICOX) in the Peruvian Amazon has been monitoring, carrying out surveillance and resisting the growing threats to the local communities. The communities have been invaded by commercial fishermen, … Read more
Engaging participatory action research to strengthen a network of mutual solidarity towards mediation and peace in Gulu, Uganda
In Uganda, violations of women’s rights are frequent, particularly in the post-conflict context of the north of the country, where cases of physical and psychological violence are rooted in negative cultural practices and sexist stereotypes. Some of the most affected … Read more
Strengthening four communities in the Petén region of northern Guatemala, and facilitating their mutual solidarity in governing their territories of life
The Asociación Solidaria de Acción y Propuesta de Petén (ASAPP) is a civil association formed in 2006 by members of different municipalities in the department of Petén with the aim of confronting the expansion of oil palm agribusiness, drug trafficking … Read more
Working in self-determination and mutual solidarity, four villages in the Ogooué-Ivindo region of north-eastern Gabon document, manage, and defend their territories of life
Near the town of Makokou, the capital of the province of Ogooué-Ivindo in north-east Gabon, there are twenty villages inhabited mainly by the Fang and Kota ethnic groups. These villages have been obliged to group together, and distribute themselves along … Read more
A ‘permanent solidarity’ process protects indigenous ancestral knowledge and native seeds in Ajuluco de Tenancingo, Buena Vista and Animas de Santa Cruz Michapa (El Salvador).
CESTA is an environmental organisation founded in August 1980 that since then, has been contributing to defend ecosystems and people’s wellbeing in El Salvador. It has done so by helping the communities affected by environmental conflicts to care for their … Read more
The guardians of the land (Kanan Lu’um Moo) of Chapab de las Flores (Yucatan, Mexico) confront polluting ‘development’ by taking control of their territory, promoting alternative livelihoods, and protecting their Mayan knowledge, customs, seeds, and ways of life.
Chapab de las Flores is an indigenous Mayan community located in the central-western part of the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico), a region with rich biodiversity, abundant forest vegetation and water resources, thanks to the cenotes— natural pits resulting from the … Read more
A self-organized Guardias indígenas protects the territory of life of the Shipibo-Konibo-Xetebo people in the Peruvian Amazon
The Council of the Shipibo-Konibo-Xetebo people (Coshikox) has just announced the creation of a Guardias indígenas to protect its territory of life in the midst of harassments and aggressions by people determined to illegally extract timber from the communal forest, … Read more
Communities of ethnic and linguistic minorities strengthen their solidarity to defend themselves and their territories from expanding extractive industries in Zimbabwe
By 2023, Zimbabwe is projecting a US$12 billion economic target from extractive industries (mostly for gold, diamonds, coal, gas, and lithium), supposed to support ambitious development targets. This industrial expansion is expected to allow multinational companies to tap into the … Read more
Sustaining in a practical way the spiritual force of women (zomo newen) to protect our Mapuche territory in the south of Chile.
Our Lof Domingo Cayun Panicheo, located in the First and Second Corral of the Puelo River Valley in southern Chile, is a territory in which the zomo newen (women’s spiritual force) stands out and which we consider sacred. It is … Read more